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Local man arrested for carrying firearm on school property

Cole Donald Simmons (inset) was arrested April 18 after he was found to be armed on the grounds of Griffith Elementary School.

April 22, 2019 – Officers arrested a Dunlap man Thursday, April 18, for having a firearm on school grounds. Cole Donald Simmons, 24, a resident of the Lewis Chapel community, was charged with a felony after he walked into Griffith Elementary School (GES) with a 9 mm Glock in a holster on his hip.

About 3:30 p.m. Thursday, after school let out, a concerned parent noticed a weapon on a gentleman at the elementary school,” Detective Jody Lockhart said today. “The parent told the principal, Dr. Childers, and he in turn told the SRO (School Resource Officer) Marlin Hobbs.”

Sequatchie County Sheriff's Deputy Hobbs approached Simmons and found that he had a handgun in a holster on his side.

He was arrested without incident,” Det. Lockhart said. “He stated that he was trying to pick up a child, and he did not have the card required, so he went inside. He forgot he had a gun on.”

Simmons was transported to the Sequatchie County Justice Center where he was booked into the jail on the charge of possession of a weapon on school grounds, which is a felony.

Bond was set at $3,500, and Simmons bonded out later that same day.